Saturday 18th November 2017
NINEBARROW are a multi-award winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as 'sounding damn fine' and by Kate Rusby as 'absolutely amazing' Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.
As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way.
Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.
The duo were recently nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Horizon category for 'Best Emerging Artist' and also for 'Best Duo' in the Fatea Magazine Awards 2016.
Most recently, Ninebarrow's second album, Releasing the Leaves, was released to widespread critical acclaim. Recorded and produced in the duo's own studio and mastered by Mark Tucker (whose other credits include Show of Hands and Fairport Convention), the album received a raft of stellar reviews including five stars in both
Maverick Magazine and the English Dance and Song Magazine produced by the EFDSS.
Receiving airplay on national and regional radio stations across the UK, including the multiple plays on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, it was described by Suzi Klein on BBC Radio 3 as demonstrating the duo's harmonies to perfection. It was also awarded four stars by The Telegraph and listed in the paper's Top Folk Albums of 2016, as well as featuring in several other Best Albums of 2016’ awards lists.
Following the critical acclamation that the duo have received, they've been in high demand and have been receiving bookings at a plethora of folk clubs, music
venues and festivals across the country. As well as headlining in their own right,
Ninebarrow have also provided support for some of the folk greats, including
Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and Fisherman's Friends.
They were selected by Cambridge Folk Festival as one of five showcase artists in 2016 and were described by the festival as being a 'group destined for great things in the
future'. Engaging, charismatic and humorous, Ninebarrow are winning new fans
wherever they go. See them live, and you'll quickly understand why.
word and images courtesy of www.ninebarrow.co.uk